Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative is sending crews and equipment to assist in Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.
The storm has created widespread property damage with more than 6 million without power in the southeastern part of the country.
An estimated 60 Indiana electric cooperative linemen will leave Clark County REMC in Sellersburg today (Tuesday). The crews will work in two-week shifts until power is restored to the region.
Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative CEO Don Book says the cooperative takes care of needs at home first, but says their crews are eager to help those in need.
He says they take tremendous pride in representing Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative and the state of Indiana. He says they represent them well with how hard, professionally and safely they work.
Because the national network of transmission and distribution infrastructure owned by electric cooperatives has been built to federal standards, line crews from any American electric cooperative can arrive on the scene ready to provide support, secure in their knowledge of the system’s engineering.
The Indiana electric cooperative mutual aid program is coordinated by Indiana Electric Cooperative’s job training and safety department and provides cooperative assistance in service restoration from storms or other events that result in significant power outages.
Dubois REC is a rural electric cooperative headquartered in Jasper that serves over 10,000 members in the rural areas of Dubois, Crawford, Martin, Orange, Perry and Pike counties.